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2013-4 1940s fabrics hexagons

2013-4 1940s fabrics hexagons
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This is a hexagon patchwork from Ceredigion which was finished in the early 1990s made of fabric from the 1940s.

It was made between1986 – 1992 by the donor. She said: “I collected lots of used fabrics from my early twenties. In 1986 I developed glaucoma. Thinking I would lose my sight I started to make piles of hexagons. Eventually I created a king-sized bedspread. It took approximately 6 years to complete.”

The hexagon patchwork has been pieced by hand using cotton dress fabrics, mainly florals. The large hexagons have been cut using “fussy cutting” to ensure the best bits of the pattern have been used. The hexagon “flowers” are carefully placed to create an overall pattern rather than used randomly.

There is a thin wadding, possibly polyester wadding, and the three layers are tied on the reverse. Around the edges the hexagons have been folded into the seam allowance.

The reverse is made of a cream sheeting fabric. The piece is in excellent condition as it has not been used.